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commanteerOct. 24, 2014 - 12:58PM JST
Congrats on great first-post that set a high bar for the rest of us.
And 18,000 sounds about right. SM bars aren't that expensive, and I have found they are usually filled with fun people. Cheaper and friendlier than your usual hostess clubs. And the dominating is usually done by the women, so I doubt the charge that male patrons are whipping them. It would be the exception.
I think we should give Yoichi another crack at the job.
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
commanteerOct. 23, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”
"After the shootings, officials canceled two events in Toronto honoring Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, including one in which she was supposed to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for supporting schooling for girls.
The usual double speak. An announcement of strength followed by actions of submission.
Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack
commanteerOct. 23, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Frungy, it was not any motorist who complained. It was the driver - the person who caused the woman to need emergency medical care in the first place. First he nearly kills her, then he complains about a person who saves her life. I hope the police are questioning him as well.
Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads
commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
As the article says, no smoke or cloud is needed. That's why it's news. There are some pictures of it in action here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2800118/the-bat-signal-future-free-floating-images-firing-lasers-someday-alert-people-disasters.html
Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future
commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
Ol' Bob has finally gone Hollywood. Well, he lasted longer than most...
Posted in: Bob Seger finds political voice with climate fight
commanteerOct. 20, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
I remember shouchu makers saying that they would all go out of business if tariffs were lifted on foreign whiskey and spirits. 20 years late, the shouchu industry is stronger than anyone ever imagined.
Japanese are especially good at buying locally, so I think the alternative will make rice farmers finally improve their methods (as the shouchu makers did).
So far as economies of scale in the US, at the rate they are using water that won't last long. It's absolutely crazy to grow a water intensive crop like rice in a desert. Yet, that's exactly what is being done in places like California and Australia. The water is already running out. And then there are the other methods needed to grow food on a massive scale that lower the quality of the final product.
If Japanese farmers would focus on making good rice, and doing it efficiently, they will do fine.
Posted in: One man shows how rice farming can be competitive
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 07:06PM JST
I don't know if things are actually worse, or it's just that we recognize crimes against children now. I had a couple close calls as a kid, one scary one I reported to my father. He just laughed and said "Oh, so you met a pervert." I remember how scared I was, and thinking "Oh, so that sort of thing is no big deal?"
Things may even be better now, for all I know. We are just more aware, if not paranoid at times.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
Translation. When Obama says "don't give in to hysteria or fear" he means "please give in to hysteria or fear." What better time to exercise emergency powers to push through yet more government control of the people? It was his team that said they never let a crisis go to waste.
A more cynical person might think Obama's mishandling of Ebola was intentional to this end. I'm not there. Yet.
Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
@knowbetter "Little" is not a word that describes Japanese hornets. They are the largest hornets in the world.
Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Reminds me of an argument I had with my Japanese boss several years ago.
Me: But it will turn a profit. Why walk away from this opportunity?
Boss: Because it involves risk! Our company does not take risks! We are not that kind of company. If you want to take risks, find another company to work for.
Me: But if our company doesn't take risks, how have we lost so much money? Was that on purpose?
I didn't stay with them much longer. Funny how such a risk-averse company could go broke. They just don't see that there is also risk in doing nothing.
Posted in: Failure to internationalize, take risks and value employees by merit have led to years of stagnation in the fields of computers, smartphones and semiconductors.
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Jerseyboy, look at the story again. Japan already scrutinizes transactions of over 2 million yen, which is the money needed to buy a care, for example. The new laws may make it more like the US, where business to business transactions over $600 require extra paperwork and reporting.
Posted in: Japan drafts anti-money laundering bills under pressure from global watchdog
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Because not everything that Japan is pressured to do is a good thing. These banking laws, while aimed at terrorists, inevitably will be used to make life more difficult for private citizens and small businesses. The terrorists and gangs will find a way around it, while the ordinary person will be stuck with it.
commanteerOct. 09, 2014 - 07:02AM JST
This puts Korea in good company...China, Iran, North Korea, Russia. Arresting foreign journalists is typical of dictatorships and rogue nations.
Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in S Korea for defaming president
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
I can't agree or disagree with this one, as he's all over the place and never gets around to making one clear point. If he's an an editor and journalist by trade, what the heck happened here? It's as though someone vomited words onto a page in a fit of rage.
Posted in: All aboard the good American ship Titanic
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
Is it still called a tour if you only visit one city?
Posted in: Diana Ross to tour Japan for first time in 19 years
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
"...Unless he was an idiot, spouting off what he was going to do!"
Well, you have to ask yourself how smart someone is who decides to leave Japan and join the people chopping off heads in Syria. I doubt they attract many of the best and brightest.
Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State
commanteerOct. 06, 2014 - 05:47PM JST
I suspect the most common last words of modern humans are: "This will make a great photo."
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea
commanteerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
There is no such thing as "extremely unique." It is either unique or not. Nice pictures at the original link, though i don't think I'll be entrusting my life to that rickety structure anytime soon.
Posted in: Awesome treehouse cafe in Yokohama satisfies our longing for bagels, beer, and nature
commanteerSep. 30, 2014 - 08:36AM JST
There's always this tendency forecast future disasters based on recent occurrences. Until March 11 in Fukushima, who was worried about tsunamis? Stuff happens, though we forget about stuff that hasn't happened recently and obsess over stuff that has. Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, disease epidemics, terrorists, war, asteroids, droughts, floods, starvation, nuclear accidents/explosions, and many more that I just can't think of right now.
Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy a nice cup of coffee:)
commanteerSep. 22, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
Odd, since about the only uprising in that part of the world that wasn't mostly directed by Islamist extremists was in Iran. And the US left those idealistic young people to the mercy of the mullahs. No help at all. And barely any media coverage to boot. Makes me wonder what the US is really trying to achieve there.
Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?
Oct. 25, 2014 - 06:05AM JST
Keirin - bicycle rasing. Operated by local government such as city, prefecture, etc. Then there are…
Posted in: Casino bill delayed again; resort opening could miss Olympics
Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:58AM JST
In Japan, the minster of each ministry is an appointed politician, Career politician who aspre flor…
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:50AM JST
We know three of Japan’s electronics giants, Sony, Sharp, and Pasanonic are stumbling. Japan’s electronics companies…
Posted in: U.S. billionaire's hedge fund dumps Sony stake
Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:31AM JST
SM Bars? I've read about these kind of bars in Japan.
These are the type of…
Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:07AM JST
wtfjapanOct. 24, 2014 - 11:16PM JST LOL what a load of BS. Japanese women are going…
Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted